Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Surgical Emergencies

The Section of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Surgical Emergencies combines cutting edge clinical care, education and training of future surgeons, with the most advanced research to improve the management of critically ill or injured patients. The Section has three clinical missions.

  • Trauma cares for all trauma patients admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital, which is the regional Level 1 Trauma Center for Southern Connecticut and the only trauma center in the state to be verified by the American College of Surgeons for both adult and pediatric patients.
  • Surgical Critical Care manages all critically ill surgical patients through its critical care services (the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the Intermediate Care Unit).
  • Emergency General Surgery treats patients with surgical emergencies both in the Emergency Department and in the hospital.
These clinical missions are performed by a dedicated group of surgeons who provide around the clock, in-house coverage 365 days a year. In addition to its clinical responsibilities, the Section has a strong dedication to education.  

The Section trains two Critical Care Fellows per year, one Acute Care Surgery Fellow, as well as residents in surgery, anesthesia and emergency medicine, medical students, nurses, and pre-hospital providers. Finally the Section is also involved in multiple facets of clinical research, with ongoing clinical trials in several areas.